Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates after scoring on a 56-yard touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL draft will be here before we know it. Now that Free Agency has settled down, team needs have come into focus. That could mean only one thing – it’s time for another mock draft! But rather than us sitting back and throwing darts at the wall, we thought we’d let you join in the fun. We’ll roll through the draft order and give each team choices based on team needs and the best players available and you’ll vote on the picks for each team. On with the countdown…
30. San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
The 49ers had a lot of interesting story lines in 2013. They were the defending NFC champs, they were preseason Super Bowl favorites for many experts and it was the last season being played at Candlestick Park. However, none were bigger than their rivalry and inter-division battle with the Seattle Seahawks. You can make a case that there was no team more complete in the NFL than the Niners, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They finished the regular season in the top 5 in the NFL in total defense and 3rd in the NFL in rushing offense. After winning 2 road playoff games, the 49ers found themselves face to face with the Seahawks in the NFC championship and unfortunately, the journey ended there. Their Super Bowl aspirations were swiped away by the hand of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, tipping away a pass from Colin Kaepernick intended for WR Michael Crabtree. With 11 picks in the 2014 draft, it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw the Niners move up the draft board to try and obtain an offensive playmaker. The Niners finished 30th in the NFL in passing offense.